The Boston Celtics got a huge game out of Jared Sullinger, who scored 25 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to hold off a late rally and defeat the Toronto Raptors 88-83 at the T.D. Garden in Boston, Massachusetts Wednesday night.
Sullinger shot seven-of-14 from the field, got eight of his rebounds on the offensive glass and added four assists and two steals. Avery Bradley scored 20 points and grabbed five rebounds.
Phil Pressey, who was forced into more action after the Celtics traded Jordan Crawford and MarShon Brooks to the Golden State Warriors, didn’t score and went 0-of-5 from the field, but had 10 assists.
DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with 23 points and eight rebounds while Kyle Lowry had 18 points, 12 assists and seven rebounds.
The Raptors continued to cut the Celtics’ lead, which was 73-56 entering the fourth quarter, throughout the final period. After Brandon Bass pushed the lead to back to 17, the Raptors scored the game’s next 11 points. They cut the lead to three on several occasions, including Lowry’s layup with seven seconds left, but two free throws from Bass on the other end iced the game.
The win snapped the Celtics’ nine-game losing streak and they are now 14-26. The Raptors are 19-18.